Posts Tagged: background screening

Is Background Screening Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

Employers are sometimes forced to walk a narrow line between treating applicants with criminal backgrounds fairly and minimizing hiring risks. The problem is that the employers will be held accountable if something goes wrong on either side of this path. They can be sued for negligent hiring if an employee goes berserk, and they can… Read more »

5 HR Resolutions for 2014

The overall goal of every HR manager and recruiter is to hire and retain the very best people who will make strong contributions to the organization’s success. But doing this means navigating the FCRA EEOC FTC ADA CFPB alphabet soup of regulations and regulatory agencies without losing sight of who those best people are.  … Read more »

Naughty or Nice? NAPBS Advises Background Screening for Holiday Hires

Planning to skip the background screening on those temporary holiday hires? That could be a big mistake. The holiday season is the crescendo of the retail calendar every year. To manage the big surge in business, many retailers hire seasonal employees for routine jobs.  The short duration, and usually entry-level status of these jobs, may… Read more »

Target Corporation Bans the Box. Should Your Organization?

Minnesota employee advocates are claiming a victory over the Target Corporation, the nation’s second-largest retailer, based on a Huffington Post article published on October 29th. In that article, the Huffington Post reports that Target will “stop asking prospective employees about their criminal records in initial job applications.” As you may know, this policy is a… Read more »

EEOC Defends Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a letter August 29th that defends its use of the concept of “disparate impact” in combating employment discrimination. The letter was in response to a challenge from the Attorneys General of nine states that called the EEOC position “An Attack on Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process”… Read more »

Court Rules Against EEOC in ‘Disparate Impact’ Case

In a stunning setback to the credibility of the EEOC’s enforcement of employers’ use of credit and criminal records, on August 9th, Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for Maryland dismissed the nationwide pattern or practice lawsuit brought by the EEOC against Freeman, Inc. The EEOC had alleged the corporate events service provider unlawfully… Read more »

The Hidden Impact of ‘Disparate Impact’

If you have been following our posts about disparate impact, you are familiar with the fact that the EEOC has stepped up efforts to enforce rules around employment discrimination based on it. Disparate impact may occur when a company’s employment policies have disproportionate “adverse impact” on members of a protected class under Title VII of… Read more »